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Charleston, WV

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project upgraded Charleston's East End Dog Park to make it usable for pet owners of all ages. The City planted trees, installed shade structures and added seating. They also made repairs to the park's water source and planted grass. In addition, City workers fenced off a section of the dog park specifically for smaller dogs, keeping them separate from larger breeds that can intimidate them.

Harrisonville, MO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will install a sidewalk connection at the city park, enhancing safety and accessibility for older adults. The new sidewalks will close an 800-foot gap that forces pedestrians to walk in the road.

Milbank, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project installed bike racks, benches, signage, water fountains and playground equipment at the city's parks.

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Woodstock, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Walkability

Description: This project will conduct five walk audits at critical intersections and sites of high commercial activity to identify safety concerns and solutions. Two community meetings will be staged to discuss the results.

Dutchess County, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Community Health and Economic Empowerment

Description: During the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults faced social isolation. To address this, the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region enlisted local young people to write cards to homebound community members. The organization hosted several virtual letter writing parties. During the online gatherings, project organizers gave the letter writers tips for how to engage with older adults in daily life, such as how to check-in on a neighbor, help deliver groceries or offer to shovel snow. Volunteers then delivered the cards along with care packages containing essential items, such as hygiene kits and food. Even as the pandemic lifted, the United way has continued to host its letter writing parties with the goal of fostering intergenerational relationships and social connectedness.


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